Nathan Howard. I'm a second year student living in London. I like to share my experiences with other's to inform them on London and what it has to offer!
Published June 28th 2017
Regent's Park, London
Three must visit London parks this summer
It can be hard to escape to somewhere more tranquil in London. Sometimes we want to get away from the busy tubes and take a breath. Parks are a great way to do this, and they're even more popular when the sun comes out, which is why in this article I'm counting down London's best parks to visit this summer.
Regent's Park This royal park, covering almost 300 acres of land, is great to explore. Due to its sheer size, even when it's super busy you're bound to find a private spot to perch. With a park for the children, this park is family friendly. It also has open greenery to play sports. For adults, there are beautiful gravelled paths which will take you round some of the sculptures and water fountains dotted around the park. Between the city of Westminster and Borough of Camden, you can be central but feel miles away from London's hustle and bustle, which is what I love about this park. Regent's Park proves you don't have to travel far to feel worlds away from the city centre.
If you thought Regent's Park was big, then you haven't visited Richmond Park, which is the largest of all eight Royal parks. Further from the centre, this park is located in South West London, and is over an hour on the tube from central London. The extra distance for this park is well worth it if you're wanting a true out-of-London experience, and there's plenty of wildlife here, including deer, a rare and exciting site for those living in London. A small lake located in the centre of the park also attracts an abundance of bird species. Being so large, walking the perimeter of this park would be an impossible task, so I suggest choosing a desired spot or plan of action to get the most out of the experience. There are also a number of cafes and places selling basic food and hot drinks to choose from. This park is well worth a visit, not only in summer but throughout the seasons.
Millbank Gardens This park is totally different to the likes of Regents and Richmond, but a lovely example of the small parks/gardens scattered around London. Just walking around London, you're likely to come across some of these and may even be familiar with some yourself. Millbank Gardens is just one of these parks I'm familiar with, but I would encourage those in London to explore more and to choose one that's enjoyable for you. Millbank Park is by far the smallest, and one could walk its perimeter in a mere 5 minutes. Parks of this size are much more convenient, perfect for those wanting to escape on their lunch break. With an idyllic location just by Tate Britain, these gardens are a perfect retreat for you or your friends.
Millbank Gardens, Westminster
Whether your idea of a perfect park is for the convenience, for the fun or to escape from the noise of the city, the perfect park awaits you this summer.